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June 28, 2014

Productive June Boosts UM's Recruiting Perception

For those who have long poked holes in the University of Miami’s recruiting strategy under coach Al Golden, it may be wise to take a few steps back and see what was accomplished this June in Coral Gables.

Less than a year after coming off NCAA probation, the Hurricanes geared up to make this June one of the most special ones since Golden and his staff arrived. Five one day camps on campus that attracted not only stellar athletes from throughout the state and country, but also helped this program make a statement that south Florida would once again be a priority.

With last weekend’s 1,000 campers in two days, the five camps brought in over 2,500 athletes who spent six hours learning from coaches, present and former players and local high school coaches – as well as college coaches from schools such as Appalachian State, Temple and dozens of programs throughout the country.

In addition to the on campus events, the University of Miami’s successful “Deserve Victory Tour” helped to stake a claim in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties – with visits to local parks such as Lauderdale Lakes, Betty Ferguson in Miami Gardens, Gibson Park in Overtown and Richmond Park in Perrine, bringing in another 2,000 athletes.

With former players and current high school coaches such as Roland Smith (Miami Central), Earl Little (Miami Jackson) and several local coaches who brought players in record numbers, this was indeed a season that not only got the prospects on to campus, but netted several commitments along the way.

“When you can get top prospects on your campus and showcase your coaching staff, it’s huge for the program,” said Smith, who starred at the school and now runs one of the most successful programs in the country. “The chance for some of these top athletes to see current players is a big thing.”

At a time when the school is moving forward after the probation and bowl sanctions, this June was vital to bring top flight prospects onto campus, and form players such as Miami Booker T. Washington receiver Antonio Callaway, it was a chance to showcase his skills against some of the best defensive backs around.

“This was a great camp for me to attend,” Callaway pointed out. “I had the chance to learn a lot and run patterns against defensive backs that have offers from schools across the country.”

This June saw the Hurricanes attract major names to Coral Gables. Rising seniors such as Palm Beach Gardens linebacker Tevon Coney, Palm Beach Lakes’ defensive back Maxwell Howell, Deerfield Beach defensive end Jason Strowbridge, Coral Gables receiver Shaquery Wilson, Miami Westminster Christian standouts Jordan Cronkite and Tim Irvin, Miami Northwestern corner DeAndre Baker, South Plantation safety Rod Archer, Norland defensive back Antonio Howard, Braddock receiver Chris Linares, Miami Jackson defensive back Tovias Parker, Miami Central defensive lineman Fermin Silva, Cardinal Gibbons defensive lineman Richard McIntosh and Hallandale defensive end Dana Levine – to name a few.

Even when some of the athletes didn’t work out at the camp, they still took the time to come with their parents and coaches to check out the program and campus. That was something that hadn’t happened in the past.

“I have been watching the recruiting here at this school for decades,” Dana Wiley of Prep Films pointed out. “I would have to say that this June was perhaps the most active in the past five years. This school finally got off probation and now was on that even playing field with the rest of the programs.”

What Golden and his staff wanted out of this June was to put their best foot forward. The growth of the campus is evident at every turn. New building are popping up in every corner, and the football facilities – once viewed as archaic – have been elevated in a major way.

For Class of 2017 quarterback Toddy Centeio of Royal Palm Beach, the opportunity to come to the camp and work with some of the top quarterback coaches, the visit was well worth it. He came with his father and some teammates who took the tour of the campus during the visit.

“This is a great place,” Centeio pointed out. “Plenty of history here and a great future as well.”

Underclassmen really made this June special. Class of 2016 prospects such as Miami High’s Keyshawn “Pie” Young, Champagnat Catholic receiver Darnell Salomon, Hallandale quarterback Tyler Huntley, Dillard defensive lineman Aaron Thompson – as well as Cardinal Gibbons standouts Elisha Daniels, Elijah Daniels and nationally recruited running Deon McIntosh all took part as well.

In addition to Centeio, Cardinal Gibbons’ defensive back Daniel Wright, the brother of former St. Thomas Aquinas and current NFL safety Major Wright and receiver Leroy Henley came out. So did Miramar receiver Lavarus Tigner.

The camp also attracted out of area prospects such as quarterback Jack Allison (Palmetto), lineman Geron Christian (Ocala Trinity), Christian Pellage (Brooksville Nature Coast), Tallahassee Godby lineman Brendan Loftus and Scott Patchan from Tampa Freedom.

We are always looking to help promote our area recruits for the current Class of 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. All you have to do is send a You Tube or Hudl link and information about the athlete to: Larry Blustein at Floridakids1@aol.com.

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June 27, 2014

Aquinas running back Jordan Scarlett has change of heart, decommits from FAU

Many felt it was only a matter of time before Jordan Scarlett hit the open college football recruiting market once again.

Scarlett – a 5-11, 210-pound running back now attending Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas – made it official by decommitting from Florida Atlantic on Friday.

Scarlett’s commitment to the Owls came within hours of Roger Harriott’s hiring as FAU’s assistant head coach in December. Scarlett considers Harriott to be a father-figure so his pledge came during an emotional time with Harriott leaving his post as Davie University School’s head coach.

“[Harriott] understood my decision and he wants the best for me,” Scarlett said Friday.

Scarlett’s decision comes the day after he visited the University of Miami campus with his cousin Rodrick Archer, a 2015 linebacker from South Plantation, and close friend Sam Bruce, a 2016 slot receiver from Aquinas.

When asked if he was ready to de-commit from FAU before his visit to UM Thursday, Scarlett flat out said “no.”

“I just came to the day where I just wanted to make that choice [and decommit] because I felt it was the best decision for me,” Scarlett said. “I felt like there’s other schools out there other than FAU that can get me ready for the NFL and that’s my goal.”

UM has been on Scarlett with constant contact and multiple invites to come visit the campus unofficially. Scarlett said he had a great time just talking to coaching staff.

“I feel like they really cared about me and they stuck with me throughout the whole process,” he said regarding UM.

Three other schools are also in the picture now for Scarlett, who is no longer considering FAU at the moment.

South Carolina is “an SEC program and you can start as you soon as you get there,” Scarlett said. Former U-School teammate Skai Moore was a standout freshman linebacker for the Gamecocks last season.

Ohio State is “a Big Ten program and they have a great offensive line,” Scarlett said. “They run the ball a lot.”

Florida State has also made its mark with Scarlett, who said the Seminoles are “just telling me that’s the place I need to be because that’s where I’ll excel.”

Despite his new list, Scarlett -- who had 119 carries for 979 yards and 17 touchdowns last season for U-School -- has a strong desire to attend an in-state college.

June 23, 2014

Florida Fire is flawless at fourth-annual IMG7v7 Championship

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BRADENTON - Miami’s Florida Fire was crowned as the national champions after upending Tampa, Fla.’s Unsigned Preps, 20-18, and going a perfect 9-0 (4-0 pool play, 5-0 tournament) during the fourth-annual IMG7v7 National Championship held at IMG Academy, Jun. 20-22. The Fire were led by a high-powered scoring assault orchestrated by QB Kato Nelson (Champagnaut Catholic School/Hialeah) and star-studded Alabama-commits Calvin Ridley (Monarch HS/Coconut Creek) and Shawn Burgess-Becker (Monarch HS/Coconut Creek), and according to Head Coach Dennis Marroquin, the team was eager to prove itself as the nation’s best.

“The kids were very hungry and it goes all the way back to our tryouts,” said Marroquin. “The kids knew that to get the respect they deserved, they had to go out there and win... to win against this level of competition and that are known nationally known, we earned this.”

Unsigned Preps were vying to keep the National Championship in Tampa, after back-to-back champion Team Tampa was eliminated earlier in the day. Unsigned Preps featured an opposing wide receiver trip comprised of Deon Cain (Tampa Bay Tech/Tampa, Fla.), Nate Craig (Tampa Bay Tech/Tampa, Fla.) and Ray Ray McCloud (Sickles HS/Tampa, Fla.).

However, the biggest movers on the day were the Detroit-based Michigan Elite. The Michigan Elite entered the day as the #32-seed after coming up shy in each of their four pool play games. It was a total team effort spearheaded by superb QB play from Jacob Baldwin (Grand Ledge HS/Grand Ledge, Mich.) and ATH Sean Bunting (Chippewa Valley HS/McComb Heights, Mich.) and excellent play on both sides of the ball from ATH , that allowed the team to rally on Sunday for a third-place finish.

“We weren’t surprised how things went today – we started off pool play a little slow, but we were close in every game yesterday so we knew we could win,” remarked Michigan Elite Head Coach Ron Rice. “I don’t know what happened over night, I don’t know what they had for breakfast, but everything started clicking… It was a long trip, but the guys had a great time, but very well worth – they played a lot and learned a lot.”

Meanwhile, the Future STARS division ended with a south Florida matchup between Ft. Lauderdale’s Adrenaline Rush and Miami’s Red Zone Elite. A year ago, the Adrenaline Rush were one errant pass away from reaching the finals, but this year, closed the gap and won it all after taking down Red Zone Elite.

“This year, we re-tooled and knew more of what to expect and our kids did their job and earned the title,” said Adrenaline Rush Head Coach Jerry Scalzo. “Our players held their own here against some of the best competition from around the country at some of the best facilities in the nation and got to size up against other players – it was great.”

At the end of the day, the top-four teams at the IMG7v7 National Championship, in order, were 1. Florida Fire, 2. Unsigned Preps, 3. Michigan Elite and 4. BBT Athletics (Los Angeles, Calif.).

June 21, 2014

Bush, Flanagan Have Built A Quality Football Team

Devin Bush remembers when it happened. The time and place where his Flanagan High football program had finally tuned that corner and became a team that was no longer a pretender in the race to get to the state championship game.

"After year of playing top-flight teams such as Lakeland on the road and coming up short, it was a game last year against Sanford Seminole." Bush recalled. "When we went up there and won that game, I looked every player on this team and told them that we had indeed arrived."

Bush was right. The former Hialeah-Miami Lakes, Florida State University and NFL standout defensive back, who took over the Falcons last season, knew that once his program could beat a quality opponent on the road, he could tell them that they had arrived - and using that win - this football program had the best season on school history, finishing 9-1 in the regular season and narrowly losing to power Deerfield Beach in a game that this program could have easily won.

"Last year was one of those seasons where you can honestly look at this football program and say that the corner had been turned," Bush explained. "We can no longer settle for moral victories and second place prizes. To tell you the truth, we fully expect to be in Orlando in December and playing for that 8A state title."

As he watched his team mature over the past season, Bush knows that this is a football program that not only has the talent, but now has the experience to win those close games - and it all starts on offense, where this team really has the talent to come out on top.

Led by rising senior quarterback Ryan Stanley (6-2, 185) and sophomore Stanford Samuels (5-11, 165), the Falcons have the most promising pair of quarterbacks in south Florida. Both have proven that they can move this team and have what it takes to make the offense special.

"I think people were looking at this team as a more defensive program this year," Bush pointed out. "But this offense is stronger and more experienced than last year - ad that's what will set us apart."

With a more confident Stanley, who enters his fourth season at the varsity level, this unit can boast some quality football talent. Senior receivers Robert Foy (5-11, 190), Keavon Mitchell (6-0, 170), Walter Jackson (5-11, 190), Paul Clarke (5-7, 140), Stanley Poisson (6-1, 160) and University of Miami commitment Emonee Spence (6-3, 190), and tight ends Bradley Martin (6-2, 190) and Deandre Hampton (6-0, 190) provide plenty of firepower. Add in juniors Tyler Peppers (6-3, 165), Keith Coffee (6-2, 170), Isaiah Collins (5-7, 150) and Maurice Codner (5-10, 165) and the quality depth is in place.

"We wanted to build a program where if one player went down, we wouldn't struggle," Bush said. "If I found out anything in my years of playing this game, it's a deep team is a successful team."

In the spring, the Falcons found out plenty about how much balance the offense had, especially at running back where seniors Michael Francis (5-9, 170), transfer Arkeem Granger (6-0, 210) and gifted sophomore Anthony Johnson (5-9, 160) all gave this team plenty of speed, athleticism and talent.

In addition, the offensive line, which was viewed as a spot that needed the most improvement, showed why this unit will be in great hands. Seniors Cameron Campbell (6-3, 255), Darnell Brown (5-9, 230), Kevin Lambert (6-2, 260), Brandon Salmon (5-8, 285) and Bryanna Pages (6-0, 215) received plenty of help from juniors Isaiah Murray (6-3, 215), Sean Remmey (6-2, 305) and Giovannie Ramos (6-1, 265) - as well as sophomores Anthony Vega (6-0, 265), Marcus Etienne (5-11, 235) and Jamar Lambert, a 6-4, 340-pounder.

While the offense has been a huge surprise, the defense will be as solid as ever - with perhaps the most impressive and deep group you will find anywhere. Leading the way is Bush's son Devin Jr., a highly recruited junior who stands 6-0, 215-pounds is among the best in the country. Joining Bush Jr. are seniors Donte Brown (5-9, 180), Western transfer Adrienne Talon (6-1, 200) and Jordan Clarke (5-11, 200), and juniors Natrone Ray (5-11, 230), Michael Bowe (6-2, 205) and Nicky Donadel (6-0, 195).

"While we are strong at linebacker, our defensive front is quick and athletic," Bush said. "Seniors such as Jawan Roulhac (5-11, 190), Julian Wright (5-11, 185) and Emanuel Strachan(6-1, 180), and junior Dennis Jackson, a 5-11, 255-pounder."

The Falcons' secondary is another place that improvement will be noticed. Seniors Bradley Hall (6-2, 180), Willie Williams (6-2, 160), Raekwon Johns (5-8, 155), Jackie Senat (5-11, 160), Nicoli McCarthy (5-11, 180) and Jamal Souffrant (5-7. 155), Will Viveiros (6-2, 170), and a strong underclass - led by gifted Devin Gil (6-1, 205), Rocco Marucci (6-1, 160), Mark Pleffner (6-0, 190), Charles Williams (5-10, 175) and Joshua Metellus (5-10, 180).

"Our goal this past year was to assemble a team where quality depth would be in place," Bush admitted. "I think we certainly accomplished that."

In addition to a tough district that features Miramar, Cypress Bay and Everglades, the Falcons will get a challenge from Miami Norland as well.

We are always looking to help promote our area recruits for the current Class of 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. All you have to do is send a You Tube or Hudl link and information about the athlete to: Larry Blustein at Floridakids1@aol.com.

Follow Larry on Twitter at twitter.com/larryblustein.

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Columbus will rely on a more experienced team in 2014

Not Paying Attention To Miramar Would Be A Mistake!

June 15, 2014

Columbus will rely on a more experienced team in 2014

When Christopher Columbus head coach Chris Merritt and his assistants look back on the 2013 football season, the lack of experience jumped out as the reason this team failed to win the district and posted an “average” 7-5 record.

While a 1-4 start put the Explorers in a hole, it didn’t stop this quality program from finishing strong with 40 seniors helping to keep the team together down the stretch.

In a year where four of the five losses came by a combined 14 points, it was one of those seasons where the players, coaches and fans were left shaking their collective heads when the season came to an end during a two-day playoff game against rival Coral Gables. The Explorers were in control when the rains came on the first day, but seemed to fall apart on the second day.

Coral Gables, which had one of its best seasons in nearly 14 years, ended up advancing and narrowly lost to eventual 8A state champion South Dade. That gave Merritt and his team a feeling that a few breaks here and there and this program could have been holding its first ever state championship trophy last December.

“It really was a frustrating season because we just didn’t have the experience to make those plays needed to be a championship team,” Merritt explained. “The talent was there, but many of the players we had on the roster were never in a position of making those plays in the big games.”

What Columbus faced the past two years was losing 78 seniors and replacing them with several younger prospects. Add to that the many players who transferred out over a two-year period and that could very well be why those close losses defined the season.

As the 2014 season looms on the horizon, there is a different feeling around campus. While there are a record 54 seniors on this year’s team, many of those 2015 prospects are ready to be those decision makers.

Prospects such as quarterback Tucker Beirne, running back Ernest Donaldson, receivers Austin Maloney and Xavier Williams, and versatile Andres Fernandez on offense – and lineman Alejandro Levy, linebackers Fernando Escobar and Peter Delatour, and quality secondary performers J.R. Garrigo, Zack VanDemark and Anthony Rosenfeld.

“The big difference is with Tucker on offense,” Merritt explained. “Two years ago, he was thrust into a position where he just wasn’t ready, but nobody has worked harder to be a leader and a physical threat like he has. Levy has done the same on defense.”

While this senior class is indeed gifted and now loaded with the experience needed, its underclassmen – perhaps the best in recent memory – that will give this program a huge lift and provide them with enough talent to be one of the favorites to get to Orlando this season.

The junior class is stacked with difference makers on both sides of the ball, with athletic Ivan Smith, speedy running back Amir Rasul, Palmetto transfer Jerron Rollins at receiver, steady linemen Kyle Mann and Kevin Householder, and quarterback Alejandro Ros adding to the offense.

Emerging linebacker/defensive end prospect Bryce Handy and linebacker Dean Maestu have proven to be quality players who will be instrumental this coming season.

“This is a really a quality underclass we have this season,” Merritt explained. “Add in 2017 defensive back Trajan Bandy, and it even gets better.”

With teams such as Killian, South Dade, Coral Gables, Southwest Miami and North Miami serving as major obstacles this season, the Explorers, coming off a productive spring where they knocked off Boward County programs Cardinal Gibbons and Boyd Anderson, have the right to believe they can be right in the mix.

“I have to believe that our schedule has a lot to do with the success of the program,” Merritt said. “We start with the defending 8A state champions, South Dade, play our rival Belen Jesuit, compete in what was the district title game last year with a very talented Coral Gables and then play the three-time 6A state champion Central.”

Instead of playing defending 5A state champion Plantation American Heritage again, the Explorers will fly to Kentucky on Oct. 11 to play Highlands High.

We are always looking to help promote our area recruits for the current Class of 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. All you have to do is send a You Tube or Hudl link and information about the athlete to: Larry Blustein at Floridakids1@aol.com.

Follow Larry on Twitter at twitter.com/larryblustein.

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June 14, 2014

Mark Walton's commitment to Miami 'as solid as they come' with reclassification to 2015 class

Mark Walton, Miami Booker T. Washington’s stud running back and University of Miami commitment, has reclassified to the Class of 2015.

Walton and his coach Tim Harris Jr. confirmed Walton’s move up from the Class of 2016 on Saturday while participating in the Miami Dolphins 7-on-7 tournament at Plantation Park.

With the news, UM’s 2015 recruiting class is now up to 15 members and ranked ninth overall in the country by 247Sports. Running backs Jordan Cronkrite from Westminster Christian and Dexter Williams from Winter Garden West Orange are also committed to the Canes, who could boast one of the most talented backfields in the country with former Miami Central back Joseph Yearby already enrolled.

"Man, that would be a great backfield," Walton said.

Harris said Walton’s process began at the end of last season, and included Walton taking a night-school class and online classes to meet requirements.

“He dedicated to wanting to reclassify and we’ve been all behind him,” Harris said. “Every kid’s situation is a little different, and we want to help Mark to be able to one day do all the things he wants to do for himself and his family.”

Walton, who visited UM on Tuesday with teammates including wide receiver Antonio Callaway and cornerback Devante Davis, said the Canes’ coaching staff was elated to hear the news.

“The coaching staff was excited, and I’m excited about it, too,” Walton said. “When I saw they’re reaction, my reaction went up.”

Walton -- who has seen his recruitment slow in recent months -- hopes to receive offers from Alabama, Wisconsin, Notre Dame and Arkansas, but still relishes his close relationships with the Canes staff, including running back coach Hurlie Brown.

“I try to convince people to come to the University of Miami and get that swagger back down in Coral Gables, and try to get the tradition back going and try to win a National Championship,” Walton said.

Added Harris: “He’s still committed to Miami. He’s as solid as they come.”

June 07, 2014

Not Paying Attention To Miramar Would Be A Mistake!

After being upset by Palm Beach Gardens in the 8A state playoffs and then watching its most successful head coach in school history take a college job, there were those who were quick to write Miramar off as a contender for the 2014 season.

While this program has been one of the best in Florida over the past five years, there was feeling that losing Coach Damon Cogdell and a quality class of seniors would certainly stand in the way of the Patriots being among the elite for the upcoming season.

Fearing many of the remaining players may be swayed to leave and attend other schools, Miramar High administrators worked quickly to hire a replacement for Cogdell, who had taken his alma mater to levels the program had never been since opening in the early 1970s.

With Cogdell heading to West Virginia, his help in naming a successor, quickly was huge as this program welcomed assistant coach Matt Strout to lead the Patriots into the 2014 season. The decision to hire someone who had been on staff was easy. That way the staff that had so much success working under Cogdell would remain in place and the transition would be smooth and the players would be content to stay on
2015.

While several key players graduated on both sides of the ball, it was the offense that really took a hit as two quarterbacks, a number of quality running backs and receivers and linemen departed, leaving Strout and his staff with a huge spring assignment.

“This spring was so much easier because of the staff that remained,” Strout admitted. “We realized that our defense would be solid, but there were many questions to be answered on the offensive side of the ball, where a new quarterback, several new linemen and a coordinator all had to gel.”

Class of 2016 quarterback Demari Simpkins (5-11, 170) was the perfect place to start for a team that featured some impressive talent returning. Simpkins, who is still a work in progress, picked things up quickly, and with a 13-day trip planned this summer to several colleges, learning all facets of the spread offense will come easier.

“We are very excited about what Demari brings to this offense,” Strout explained. “We lost two senior leaders at the position from last year, so it was essential that he came in and picked things up almost immediately.”

While Simpkins will manage the offene, he will not be asked to do it all. The senior class is loaded with playmakers, starting with running back Alex Anderson (6-0, 205), who is regarded as one of the best in the state. There is also Sanjai Bruno (5-9, 180), who saw extensive playing time a year ago. Receivers Khalil Lewis (6-1, 195) and 6-4, 200-pound Kevin Purlett are quality players as well.

The offensive line, which lost some depth, features University of Miami commit Leeward Brown (6-4, 320), Stewart Boyd (6-3, 285) and versatile Jaquan Owens, who made the move from defense last season.

“This senior class has experience and leadership,” Strout pointed out. “That was huge in our spring game win at a very athletic Lake Wales squad.”

Class of 2016 prospects such as running back Greg McCrae (5-11, 165), receiver Kyle Anthony (6-4, 180) and Everglades line transfer Obinna Nwankwo (6-3, 280) give this program plenty to work with during the summer.

As many questions swirled around Strout’s first spring as head coach on the offensive side of the ball, defensively, the Patriots were in great hands.

With a secondary that is perhaps as good as any in the country, there was a feeling that things would fall into place – especially at the linebacker position where Broward County Player of the Year, Ryan Samuels and David Lee, had graduated.

“We knew coming in with our secondary and what we had up front, we could be just as dominating as we have been in the past,” Strout explained. “It was a matter of using some of our rising seniors with a few juniors to set the tempo. When we left Lake Wales, I think we all felt very good about players such as senior Danzel King (6-1, 210), and juniors Deshondre Pitts (5-10, 185) and Mark Niles (5-9, 195) to start with.

The Patriots also believe that they have as active and athletic a defensive front as anyone. With seniors Bryton Diejuste (6-2, 225) and Darrel Swanson (6-3, 205), and junior playmaker Khalil Roan (5-10, 265), moving the ball would be very tough in 2014.

If you really want to make Strout and Patriot fans smile, mention the secondary and you will get nothing but glowing comments.

Led by highly-recruited Tyrek Cole (6-0, 170) and Jeff Hill (5-9, 175), the tradition continues. Add in versatile and athletic Herbert Miller (6-2, 195), Josmar Diaz (5-11, 180) and McArthur transfer Kendrell McFadden (6-3, 180) and catching a ball in this secondary will be nearly impossible.

The Patriots will also feature 2017 standout Brian Edwards, a 6-4, 185-pounder as well.

“I have not seen all the defensive secondaries in the country, but if there is a better one than this, you better not schedule them,” Strout said. This is a group that is being recruited by every college in the country. Having McFadden gives us additional freedom to move him around the field to make plays.”

The Patriots will make good use of the 13-day trip that includes Cincinnati, Ohio State, Louisville, Kentucky, Marshall, Ohio U, Pittsburgh, Akron and a visit to see Coach Cogdell and West Virginia. In addition, the Patriots will visit Auburn, UAB, Alabama, Samford and Florida.

We are always looking to help promote our area recruits for the current Class of 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. All you have to do is send a You Tube or Hudl link and information about the athlete to: Larry Blustein at Floridakids1@aol.com.

Follow Larry on Twitter at twitter.com/larryblustein.

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Columbus will rely on a more experienced team in 2014